Traffic, transit, biking, and terrain on the map
See traffic, transit, bicycling, or terrain maps for your area. For example, get a quick overview of traffic for your commute, transit lines in a new city, or bicycle-friendly routes.
Get traffic, transit, biking, or terrain information:
- Open Google Maps or clear your search box by clicking the "X."
- Hover over the search box. The “Getting around” info card will appear under the search box.
If you don't see the "Getting around" card, see alternate instructions at the bottom of this page.
- Click any option to get more information.
- When you move the map, the card will hide itself. Hover to see the full card again.
- To close this information, click the in the search box.
If a type of map doesn't appear on the info card, the information isn't available for the area of the map that you're viewing. Information may not be available in all regions.
More about traffic, transit, biking, and terrainTraffic colors
In general, green means clear roads while red means slow traffic. You can also see traffic incidents, like construction zones, accidents, and road closures, on the map. Learn more about traffic.
The lines on the map represent bus, subway, and rail routes. For more information and upcoming trains or buses, click a station stop icon .
When possible, the colored lines on the map match the transportation agency's color system. For example, the “A” line in New York City is colored blue by the Metro Transit Authority (MTA), so it appears blue on the map. Look for the transit icons - like or or - to determine station stops.
A legend below the search box explains the paths on the map.
- “Trails” don’t have auto traffic.
- “Unpaved” trails” are off-road dirt paths.
- “Dedicated lanes” are roads that are shared with cars and have a separate bike lane.
- “Bicycle friendly roads” are roads that don’t have a bike lane but are recommended for cyclists.
See 3D elevation of geographic features, like mountains and canyons. Contour lines are overlaid on the map to show elevation levels with altitude information displayed in gray numbers.
If the instructions above didn't work, you might be on the classic version of Maps. Follow these alternate instructions:Get traffic and other information on the classic Google Maps
- Open the classic Google Maps.
- Navigate to a place on the map.
- Hover your mouse over the square widget on the top right corner of the map.
- A menu with available layers for your map will appear. Click the down arrow to view additional layers, if necessary.
- Click the name of the layer that you'd like to turn on for your map (e.g. Traffic). Simply click again to turn off the layer.
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